Instant Pot Fish Tacos

Craving tacos but want to diversify and eat something other than the same chicken or beef? These Instant Pot Fish Tacos could be just what you’re looking for!

This recipe is soooo tasty and so easy to make, you’ll probably make it again and again.

Please note that for this Instant Pot Fish Tacos recipe, I’m only making the fish filling. I use premade tortillas and some easy fix ins to make the tacos.

Can I Make it With Cod?

This pressure cooker recipe calls for tilapia, which is a firm white fish. You can substitute another white fish like cod or haddock, but since they are not quite as firm they may fall apart a little more. Still just as delicious!

Can I Use Frozen Tilapia?

Definitely! Fresh fish can be hard to come by in certain areas, but frozen tilapia filets are widely available. If you have time, I would try to defrost the frozen tilapia before cooking if possible, but since tilapia filets are pretty thin you can also cook them straight from frozen.

How To Heat Tortillas

The easiest way to heat tortillas is to quickly warm them in the microwave layered between damp sheets of paper towel. This will keep them pliable and prevent them from drying out.

If you prefer a little char on your tortillas, you can also heat them over an open flame on a gas stove top, one at a time. If you use this method, you should pile them under a damp towel when they are done to keep them soft and pliable.

Garnishes and Sides

I like to garnish my fish tacos with Mexican crema, fresh cilantro leaves, avocado slices, and shredded cabbage for a little crunch. I usually try to use purple cabbage for added color, but green cabbage will work too!

If you like this Instant Pot fish taco recipe, try these vegetarian tacos or these Instant Pot chicken tacos. They’re both delicious taco recipes you’re sure to love!

You can also try the Instant Pot Carne Asada (kind of beef tacos).

If you are on a low-carb diet, check out this Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe.

Instant Pot Fish Tacos
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cnola oil, Fish Tacos, tilapia fillets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 8
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 4 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste
  • Add 3 cups of water in the inner pot of Instant pot and place the rack in it.
  • Meanwhile, place tilapia in the middle of a parchment paper and paint it with canola oil.
  • Squeeze lemon juice on it and sprinkle with salt, paprika and cilantro.
  • Fold the parchment paper into an air tight packet and place it on the rack.
  • Close the lid and press the “Manual” button.
  • Cook for about 8 minutes on HIGH pressure and release the pressure naturally through the steam vent.
  • Open the lid and take out the tilapia.
  • Cut the tilapia into cubes or any way you want and place it on the taco.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 102kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 18g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 43mg Sodium: 47mg Potassium: 348mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 1765IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 18mg Iron: 1mg
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